Mobility = Education
A bicycle in the hands of an African student changes everything. Our bicycles for Educational Empowerment Program aims to provide 50,000 bicycles to students (70% girls), teachers and educational workers in rural Africa. Students with bikes arrive to school safe and ready to learn. Initial results from the program show grades and attendance increasing while child pregnancy and other health risks such as HIV/AIDS rates are decreasing. Bicycle supervisory committees select those students most in need and then oversee their bicycle usage. Every recipient receives basic training about bicycle maintenance and safety, and signs a contract of commitment when receiving his or her bike. Families of students also benefit from the bicycle; it is common for a family member to borrow the bicycle to take goods to market during the day while a child is in school, then return it for the student's journey home.
Priscah travels 8 km (5 mi) one way from her home to school. Before receiving her bicycle, Priscah would wake at 5am to walk to school in time for class at 7am. She often ran in efforts to be punctual, but the distance was challenging and she frequently reported late to class. With her new bicycle, Priscah now has time to do chores, arrives at school on time and is able to study when she returns home. Priscah's bike is helping her reach her dreams. More >
See the Impact
Download results from our education program report and learn how bicycles are providing access to education, safety and independence in rural Africa.
In the News
New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof endorses World Bicycle Relief's education programs in Zambia and spurs a distribution in Zimbabwe for a boy named Able and 200 of his classmates.